SA researchers honoured

2015-08-30 23:02
UKZN’s Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, from the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa).

UKZN’s Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, from the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa). (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

GROUND-BREAKING research, excellence and innovation were rewarded when three University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) professors received awards for their work in various fields this week.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) recognised the research contributions of three UKZN academics at the 2015 NRF Awards held in Durban on Thursday.

The awards ceremony saw UKZN’s Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, from the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), and Professor Jacques Grosset, from the Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH), receive their first NRF A-rating awards.

Professor Steven Johnson of the university’s School of Life Sciences received his second NRF A-rating award.

Abdool Karim has made contributions in understanding the evolution of the HIV epidemic in South Africa, its impact on society and in advancing its prevention in women, while simultaneously fighting for the rights of people affected by HIV and Aids.

Grosset was rewarded for research that sought to find ways to improve treatment and prevent the development of drug-resistant strains of TB.

Johnson’s research focuses on pollination biology, evolution, plant speciation, insect-plant relationships and floral deception and mimicry, opening up new areas of understanding, particularly of pollination systems and floral specialisation in South African flora.

Nearly 40 awards were handed to South Africa’s top researchers by the NRF. The awards recognised the significance and impact of their recent research as judged by their peers through the NRF rating system.

A-ratings are awarded to researchers who are unequivocally acknowledged by their peers as leading international scholars.

PIETERMARITZBURG students Nokuthula Mtshali (21) and Shannon Bennetts (20) received the Talent Excellence and Equity Scholarship and the Malegapuru W. Makgoba Scholarship at the 2015 UKZN Scholarship Awards this week.

Mtshali, from Sweetwaters, is completing her third year in Health and Sports Science. She said the scholarship, which had been made available to a black African female for the first time, would allow her to complete her honours degree in biokinetics next year.

“I was very excited to receive this scholarship. It means a lot to me because I am not from a rich family. This showed me that hard work and dedication pays off,” she said.

Hayfields resident Bennetts, who is completing her second year towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts, said: “I am lost for words because I thought it was only awarded for being the top student.”

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  research

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.